cloth, 256 pp., $65.00
British garden historian and journalist Trish Gibson recalls the life and works of landscape designer Brenda Colvin (1897 – 1981). A pioneer in twentieth-century landscape design in Britain, Colvin began professional work in 1922, following her training at Swanley Horticulture College. Between then and 1939, most of her commissions were of private gardens in Britain, but her travels took her to Ireland, France, Italy, and Poland. A trip to the U.S. opened her eyes to “developing her own style of garden design and ideas about the wider landscape.” After World War II, her practice included “larger scale commissions in the public sphere,” which included community planning. Extensively illustrated, this book brings to light an important yet often forgotten figure in the history of landscape design.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden